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Color Out of Space (2020)
Not going to be a movie for everyone ... but after years of stepping away from feature filmmaking, you have to at least admire [Richard] Stanley for creating something that's distinctly his own.
Posted May 5, 2020
The Hunt (2020)
[The Hunt] is hardly the politically-biased horror film it was dubbed. Instead, it's skewering both sides of the political divide - and all with a healthy, and occasionally bloody, sense of humour.
Posted Apr 9, 2020
Given the drama and determination behind the film, one could readily assume it's a drama worthy of its trouble. You'd think, wouldn't you?
Posted Mar 18, 2020
Honey Boy (2019)
Is quite remarkable in its softness, in its emotion, and in [Shia LaBeouf's] heartfelt manner in showing his dad the type of love he deserved when he needed it the most.
Posted Mar 13, 2020
Basically, if you ask yourself "why" throughout a large portion of Bloodshot ... then your overthinking process will entirely destroy any type of enjoyment you may gather from this goofy experience.
Posted Mar 12, 2020
Queen & Slim (2019)
An immersive experience that transcends its road-movie constraints.
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Dark Waters (2019)
The film succeeds at showcasing a silent horror, something that feels organic to the proceedings and not an unnecessary exaggeration.
Posted Mar 4, 2020
The Wishmas Tree (2020)
I can only imagine the filmmakers wished for a cinema release for this one as this is TV fodder at best.
Posted Feb 26, 2020
The Call of the Wild (2020)
Nostalgic, return-to-the-origins-of-family-viewing material that takes pride in its heavy-handedness
Posted Feb 19, 2020
Fantasy Island (2020)
The only thing remotely scary in this tepid, often unintentionally hilarious "horror" offering is knowing that the Sony big-wigs agreed to fund it.
Posted Feb 13, 2020
[Roland] Emmerich's M.O. of style over substance is still very much adhered to here, despite the important story at its core.
Posted Jan 29, 2020
Like a Boss (2020)
Given how much proven talent there is collectively on board here ... you can't help but feel deflated when the resulting product is so mediocre, so by-the-numbers, and so predictable.
Posted Jan 25, 2020
Just Mercy (2020)
Just Mercy is an important venture that highlights both how far we've come as a society yet how much further we have to travel in order to truly achieve equality when it comes to the law and its relationship with people of colour.
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Spies in Disguise (2019)
It's a concept that could work, but the Brad Copeland/Lloyd Taylor-script never really delves beyond the shallows of its premise.
Posted Dec 24, 2019
What could've been beautiful imagery in an avant-garde cinema setting is a kitty-litter show of inexplicable choices, one that takes all the fun out of the industry punching bags that are [Rebel] Wilson and James Corden.
Posted Dec 19, 2019
Panders so much to the fans that anything that should feel remotely heartfelt comes off as inauthentic service.
Posted Dec 18, 2019
Playing with Fire (2019)
There's no wit about it and it taps nearly every single melodramatic trope you'd expect along the way to the point your eyes may be hurting from rolling so much.
Posted Dec 11, 2019
The Addams Family (2019)
Can't help but feel like a wasted opportunity to truly embrace the source material's dark yet likeable temperament.
Posted Dec 2, 2019
Marriage Story (2019)
A film that's as equally honest and transparent, and as bitter and witty as the performances at its core.
Posted Nov 19, 2019
Official Secrets (2019)
Whether you're a politically-minded person or not, Official Secrets should reel you in with its true-to-life dramatics
Posted Nov 18, 2019
Charlie's Angels (2019)
This 2019 Charlie's Angels is stupefyingly entertaining and genuinely hilarious, offering itself up as a stylish alternative to the destructive blockbusters that have saturated the market.
Posted Nov 14, 2019
The Furies (2019)
Delivers with a gory glee
Posted Oct 30, 2019
After the Wedding (2019)
It's difficult to dismiss it in its entirety as [Michelle] Williams and [Julianne] Moore are both stellar, elevating their characters beyond the simplistic outlines of their descriptions.
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Blinded by the Light (2019)
Yes, this is a "message movie" about following your heart, never giving up, and just how transformative art can be to the individual consumer, but it's an honest feature all the same, one that owns its cheesy enthusiasm and wears it with pride.
Posted Oct 22, 2019
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Heavy on visually-stunning imagery but light on the substance behind why such pictographs deserve to be seen, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil never really delves deeper beyond being aesthetically pleasing
Posted Oct 16, 2019
Hustlers transcends its initial Showgirls-meets-Magic Mike aesthetic ... by adopting a more Scorcesian temperament; Goodfellas set within the world of exotic dancers? Don't mind if I do.
Posted Oct 9, 2019
The Goldfinch (2019)
Overly long, thematically disjointed, confusingly acted... and questionable in its depiction of its timeline.
Posted Oct 1, 2019
Regardless of where you will personally sit in reaction to its material, the fact it's inspiring conversation is an achievement in itself, and what [Todd] Phillips and particularly [Joaquin] Phoenix have created is nothing less than admirable.
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The horror set pieces on hand are particularly entertaining, and highlight the horrific potential the material has.
Posted Sep 24, 2019
Ride Like a Girl (2019)
Breezes by on heart and good intentions, even if a grittier, more emotional tale of Michelle's upbringing would've served this story more justice.
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Good Boys (2019)
Succeeds due to the fact that it's so sincere.
Posted Sep 16, 2019
Writer/director Jill Culton ... peppers this story with enough heart, humour and stunning animation that it proves rather difficult to discount.
Posted Sep 15, 2019
Manages to display a personality that parents can relate to, resulting in a feature that's far more accessible to the masses than it has any right to be.
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Downton Abbey (2019)
This is a film that very much knows what its audience wants, and in that regard it'll be a sumptuous success. For anyone else you'd best steer clear, for as simple and harmless as it is, you're unlikely to truly enjoy your visit.
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete (2019)
If you're patient enough, brave even, the final product may prove worthy of your investment.
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Palm Beach (2019)
For a film that has such a strong female presence behind the scenes, it makes the decision to give the women on screen - all capable actresses too - such trite material all the more confusing and infuriating.
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Danger Close (2019)
Standard the film may be however, it can't be taken away that it's telling an important story, a moment in history that warrants highlighting.
Posted Aug 6, 2019
Undoubtedly one of this year's best, I implore audiences to use their smarts and see this film instantly. And then see it again.
Posted Jul 11, 2019
The film's illogical choices and standard teen romance mentality mean nothing that transpires on screen feels remotely fresh.
Posted Jul 7, 2019
Never Look Away (2019)
Within every moment of Never Look Away the film finds something of beauty and interest to explore, but it's also in its need to fill every scene with something of substance that it stifles its own vision.
Posted Jun 25, 2019
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)
Adults will get little out of it, and children are likely to forget it once they've left the theatres
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Wild Rose (2019)
Whilst comparisons to a feature like A Star Is Born feel inevitable from a story point-of-view, Wild Rose is a quieter, more modest tale that bypasses anything overtly "showy" and lets the explosive radiance of [Jessie] Buckley speak for itself.
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Men in Black International (2019)
The action fails to excite, and the script is uninspired, but the effortlessly cool Thompson and the impossibly handsome Hemsworth work their magic just enough to keep us watching.
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019)
Brittany Runs A Marathon feels like a sleeper hit-in-the-making, one that manages to be inspiring and heartfelt without overdosing on the genre sugar one may expect from such an inspirational story.
Posted Jun 8, 2019
In Fabric (2019)
Is at once fascinatingly amusing and unsettling, somehow managing to create something unique out of elements the genre has weaved together before.
Posted Jun 7, 2019
It's in its truthful depiction of chaotic reality that it proves highly effective and immensely satisfying.
Posted Jun 3, 2019
A poignant yet preposterous journey that's equal parts campy and cordial, but never less than inherently entertaining.
Posted May 28, 2019
[David] Yarovesky's bloody excursion could very well be the antidote audiences need for the current influx of superhero tales the cinema seems so intent on churning out.
Posted May 23, 2019
The Hustle (2019)
Could swindle a few dollars out of its unsuspecting viewers but its attempt to win big comes up a bust as we've ultimately seen all these tricks before.
Posted May 8, 2019
All Is True (2019)